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June 2012 June 30, 2012

Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, progress reports, 2012 , trackback

It’s officially the halfway point of the year. How are things going?


Yeah — another month over, and another that hasn’t gone as well as it might. From the 10-film lead I’d built up by the end of March, I’m now crushingly only just ahead of target. Still, it’s not my worst year ever: I’d only reached 45 at this point in 2008, and 38 in 2009. (For what it’s worth, the best is last year’s 67.)

Despite the end of June ostensibly being halfway through the year, I’d actually be on target with only 49: thanks to February and August breaking the pattern of month-lengths, the halfway-point in days actually falls just inside July (even in a leap year). But that’s swings and roundabouts; and besides, the way I go about things, it pays more to look at the year in terms of months rather than days.

The Lost WeekendJune’s films

#47 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
#48 The Beast Stalker, aka Ching yan (2008)
#49 The Spiral Staircase (2000)
#50 The Lost Weekend (1945)
#50a Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011)
#51 Cars 2 (2011)

John Carter

I was going to watch John Carter and review it tomorrow. Life got in the way. The story’s the same for so many other things I’ve intended to watch recently (it took me a week longer than intended to watch The Lost Weekend, a rare success story). Will try to watch it soon regardless. I’m very curious.

Next time on the all-new 100 Films in a Year monthly update…

Most years at this point I’m quite far ahead. Of the two where I wasn’t, one just scraped 100, the other was my only failure to date.

No pressure to get things back on track, July!


1. ghost of 82 - July 1, 2012

I picked up Lost Weekend last week, haven’t seen it yet- my wife is a Wimbledon nut so I won’t see much of anything for a fortnight. It’s a Billy Wilder film I ever never seen, so I’m going to savour it.

Hope you enjoy John Carter as much as I did- lower your expectations and you may be very surprised. That probably sounds odd but in these days of hype (positive and negative) on everything, it helps. I think there was some kind of feeding frenzy on John Carter. Anyway, I look forward to your thoughts.

2. badblokebob - July 3, 2012

I thought The Lost Weekend was brilliant, so I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

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